Grateful Dead Live at Civic Arena on 1987-07-06
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
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- Pittsburgh, PA
- Civic Arena
Subject: Got on the bus here
Subject: Great show and enjoyed it a ton...
Set 2 - the Nevilles highjack this one pre-drums, and you're on your own from here - tons of fun, that Day-O...definitely an unusual set for that otherwise fairly conservative year, 1987 - it is cool seeing the boys let the party just all GO when those guys take the stage.
Subject: Thank God this was my first show.
Subject: best show of my life 4.3.86.-89!
top 5 shows ever! neviles r tops
the BASS 'BLAST" into 1st of iko was amazing!!!!
worshiped the speakers outside in the hall ways , Danced my ass off with a beautifugirl to all of 1sthalf of 2nd set, delightlah was her name im sure! would meet scarlet at roanoke 87!
would LOVE to hear a matrix or soundboard as the only way to better this "post expirience"
Play this for folks who never made it to a show to show the "LIghtningbolt strike" of the skull and bolt image, they "get it" ! email@example.com
Subject: Bringing it all Back Home
I respect everyone's opinion, but regarding "Desolation Row", I submit the following: Hind sight reveals that Weir played 3 other Dylan tunes far more regularly (Masterpiece/Q.Jane/Mobile w Memphis Blues). Also, they seemed to gel more with Weir than perhaps even some of his own.
Anyway, smoking Stranger - but the big surpise was the jumpin' set 2. Joined by the Nevilles and cooking with Iko, Women, and Day-o. Heaven's Door is the gem. Perhaps only "Comes a Time" evokes more emotion out of the Jerry Ballads.
I remember this show as being my favorite of the year.
God Bless and enjoy.4 1/2 stars overall 5 stars for this year.
Subject: Desolation Row was always bad!!
I always found the opposite to be true. The song went on forever and never went anywhere. In addition, for some reason Bobby could remember the whole 10 or so verses to this song, but would forget the words to many tunes that he wrote. I liked a lot of the Dylan covers, but Desolation Row was by far THE WORST (in my opinion).
Subject: great show
Subject: Epic show
Subject: Monday Monday
Subject: Unforgettable evening
The Shakedown is awesome, listen for Jerry's skat singing (woahoa). And there wasn't a dry eye in the place after the Knocking on Heaven's door.
Subject: How Sweet It Is
Subject: Is that Phil leading Day-O?
ps for all of you Knockin on heavens door fans this is a hot one.
Subject: Probably should outlive the suppossed fantasy pairing of the 2 D's...
1st Set: Lots of open spaces tho brisk storytelling punctuate this decent "Stranger," "Franklin's" is fine and nicely spirited, but lacks that blistering edge. "Minglewood's" a Hammond-y backbeat good time despite Bobby's less than confident, bullying vocals, and lacking explosive propulsive dimensions. WE shift directions to a me wanna be Colorado River Grand Canyonesque "Row Jimmy." Keen harmonies, pretty jams but bit sluggishly paced. A clear chirpy "Mama Tried" follows. Fiddly friskiness overrides a fine "River." "Far From ME" is mildly sloshily pleasing. I feel like a ballad...hmmm, let's see where "Stagger" will take us? Nice cuddlyness. There's this humanizing element that the boys hit with "Desolation" that always makes it listenable. This version's about average. "Ease" is basic stuff.
2nd Set: Ahhhh... How I adore these momentws before a "Shakedown" and Jerry's counting the notes off to a rimming Billy...Like my good pal Colt Cabana, 'good times, great memories.' A spirited "Samson" extends the consistently upbeat moods. "We're going to bring out a few guest artists...we don't know which ones we invited" Jerry interrupts Bobby as he introduces them by name, and the crowd overwhelmingly cares more..."We ran into some of our friends the Neville Borthers, and managed to convince them to sit in with us..." Now is the ultimate time for an "Iko." Jerry's having a great time belting this version out. Yes, noone wants the soft butt bumpin' to end so we transition to a modest tho novelty-enjoyably "Day-O." A one-two bass and bassoon drum brings us back to Dead-lite samba, "Man Smart." This is just a great segue and blissfully extending what I'm sure was totally unexpected. The song finishes strongly, and we head into a what I'm assuming to be a collective Drum experience. Ehhh, it's just kind of run-of-the-mill but I'm 'with' the show now.. so it's ok. Ahhh, this is a gorgeous voiced, heavy "Knockin," a rarity admist this time. At first the intro is ephmeral, but it soon develops into the right summation, "Good Lovin." However, the energy's beginning to sag...no blockbuster here.
However, the "Johnny's" a keeper... Solid, intense drumming, and gots to dig people taking their turn.
A memorable evening!
Subject: High Energy
Subject: pittsburgh 87
Subject: A band beyond description
Offering it up early with Stranger/Franklins Tower seemed too good but personally I had never seen a Stagger Lee until that show and had soft spot for that song because an old roomate had turned me on years prior. The "heavy" tunes just kept comeing that night Shakedown, The Nevilles, Johnny B. Good amazing!
I threw disc in the parking lot long into the late hours and told 2 heads from Buffalo to just crash in the liftback of my car and I would give them a ride back home in the morning. There were business people in suits and skirts coming into the lot as security was moving the heads out, it was an this amazing culture shock as both factions passed by each other in the early morning light but I remember getting and giving a few smiles along the way.
... "were they ever here at all?"
Subject: The Igloo was spinning
This recording is interesting in it's ability to capture the quality of the music and the energy of the crowd.
Subject: Still best show Iv ever seen .
Subject: the first ones free.
Subject: sorry, innocent question though
Subject: Shakedown for the Ages
Subject: Great Show
Subject: Neville Brothers Opening
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